I think soldiers are heros. Certainly here in Russia a survey already showed that people are 80% more likely to trust the word of a man in camouflage than one in a suit
I remember there was the trial of Colonel Vladimir Kvachkov
Retired officer of Specnaz GRU, he was accused of collaborating with several of his colleagues in an attempt to murder Anatoly Chubais, then-Minister of Energy, now in charge of the nanotechnology program, and a corrupt son of a bitch on top of that.
They said Kvachkov and three other men staged an ambush for Chubais' motorcade: laid a road bomb in its path, and then waited in the bushes with sniper rifles. A completely b******t scheme, Chubais would never come out of his armored Mercedes, and he has around three dozen heavily armed men escorting him at all times; there is no way Kvachkov and three others would be able to get through that. An I am sure as a trained Specnaz man, he'd know that. GRU does many assasinations, they know their stuff.
Kvachkov was tried four times and acquitted by jury each time... His main defense: "If we wanted to kill him, he would
be dead today."
That man is our
hero, at least.